From left, coaches James Peterson of Turlock (vs. Freedom), Jeremy Plaa of Downey (at East Union) and Roger Canepa of Central Catholic (vs. Clovis West) have tough opening night tests, but the most intriguing game on Aug. 23, 2019 belongs to Oakdale-Sonora, according to a fan vote.

Pitman's Partida breaks school rushing record in win over Lincoln

Joe Cortez
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Jakob Partida set the Pitman High single-game rushing record Friday at Lincoln High in Stockton, carring the ball 21 times for 303 yards and four touchdowns in the Pride's 49-28 victory over the Trojans.

And he helped Pitman coach Tom Tyler looks like a genius.

"We had them third-and-23 one time and we ran trap," said Tyler, almost sheepishly.

Hey, whatever works.

"In the offense we run it's take what they give you," said Tyler, whose team is off to a 2-0 start and will play Pleasant Grove on Friday in Elk Grove. "People look at (Payton Bass) and say, 'We've got to stop that guy.' It's all about numbers: who's in the box, who's out of the box."

Lincoln's defense started the game in what Pitman refers to as a "bear" look -- "Basically, that's when they have every lineman covered," Tyler explained -- but the Pride's trap game forced the Trojans into making adjustments to an even-numbered front ... and the fun ensued.

The school record was formerly 273 yards, held by Anthony Harding, who went to play collegiately at Fresno State.